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Introducing OpenCharities: Opening up the Charities Register

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A couple of weeks ago I needed a list of all the charities in the UK and their registration numbers so that I could try to match them up to the local council spending data OpenlyLocal is aggregating and trying to make sense of. A fairly simple request, you’d think, especially in this new world of transparency and open data, and for a dataset that’s uncontentious.

Well, you’d be wrong. There’s nothing at data.gov.uk, nothing at CKAN and nothing on the Charity Commission website, and in fact you can’t even see the whole register on the website, just the first 500 results of any search/category. Here’s what the Charities Commission says on their website (NB: extract below is truncated):

The Commission can provide an electronic copy in discharge of its duty to provide a legible copy of publicly available information if the person requesting the copy is happy to receive it in that form. There is no obligation on the Commission to provide a copy in this form…

The Commission will not provide an electronic copy of any material subject to Crown copyright or to Crown database right unless it is satisfied… that the Requestor intends to re-use the information in an appropriate manner.

Hmmm. Time for Twitter to come to the rescue to check that some other independently minded person hasn’t already solved the problem. Nothing, but I did get pointed to this request for the data to be unlocked, with the very recent response by the Charity Commission, essentially saying, “Nope, we ain’t going to release it”:

For resource reasons we are not able to display the entire Register of Charities. Searches are therefore limited to 500 results… We cannot allow full access to all the data, held on the register, as there are limitations on the use of data extracted from the Register… However, we are happy to consider granting access to our records on receipt of a written request to the Departmental Record Officer

OK, so it seems as though they have no intention of making this data available anytime soon (I actually don’t buy that there are Intellectual Property or Data Privacy issues with making basic information about charities available, and if there really are this needs to be changed, pronto), so time for some screen-scraping. Turns out it’s a pretty difficult website to scrape, because it requires both cookies and javascript to work properly.

Try turning off both in your browser, and see how far you get, and then you’ll also get an idea of how difficult it is to use if you have accessibility issues – and check out their poor excuse for accessibility statement, i.e. tough luck.

Still, there’s usually a way, even if it does mean some pretty tortuous routes, and like the similarly inaccessible Birmingham City Council website, this is just the sort of challenge that stubborn so-and-so’s like me won’t give up on.

And the way to get the info seems to be through the geographical search (other routes relied upon Javascript), and although it was still problematic, it was doable. So, now we have an open data register of charities, incorporated into OpenlyLocal, and tied in to the spending data being published by councils.

Charity supplier to Local authority

And because this sort of thing is so easy, once you’ve got it in a database (Charity Commission take note), there are a couple of bonuses.

First, it was relatively easy to knock up a quick and very simple Sinatra application, OpenCharities:

Open Charities :: Opening up the UK Charities Register

If there’s any interest, I’ll add more features to it, but for now, it’s just a the simplest of things, a web application with a unique URL for every charity based on its charity number, and with the  basic information for each charity is available as data (XML, JSON and RDF). It’s also searchable, and sortable by most recent income and spending, and for linked data people there are dereferenceable Resource URIs.

This is very much an alpha application: the design is very basic and it’s possible that there are a few charities missing – for two reasons. One: the Charity Commission kept timing out (think I managed to pick up all of those, and they should get picked up when I periodically run the scraper); and two: there appears to be a bug in the Charity Commission website, so that when there’s between 10 and 13 entries, only 10 are shown, but there is no way of seeing the additional ones. As a benchmark, there are currently 150,422 charities in the OpenCharities database.

It’s also worth mentioning that due to inconsistencies with the page structure, the income/spending data for some of the biggest charities is not yet in the system. I’ve worked out a fix, and the entries will be gradually updated, but only as they are re-scraped.

The second bonus is that the entire database is available to download and reuse (under an open, share-alike attribution licence). It’s a compressed CSV file, weighing in at just under 20MB for the compressed version, and should probably only attempted by those familiar with manipulating large datasets (don’t try opening it up in your spreadsheet, for example). I’m also in the process of importing it into Google Fusion Tables (it’s still churning away in the background) and will post a link when it’s done.

Now, back to that spending data.

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Written by countculture

September 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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  1. Great stuff!

    Presumably for hyperlocal websites or councils that you’ve already mapped, it would now be easy to add the charity postcode data to see Charities in the local area? As many are so small and often offline these lists and contact details are often hard to come by and would be really handy for hyperlocal bloggers, plus this could make a good embeddable map…?

    Clare

    September 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • Yes. Just need to geocode addresses, and then it’s a doddle to do what I’ve done with the Hyperlocal Sites, and show nearest ones to postcodes (or any location)

      countculture

      September 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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  3. This is a work of genius … many thanks. With a bit of luck the CC will open up all data in a similar manner. Maybe if they’re super clever they’ll even ask you how tio do it! Kudos to you, seriously!

    Dave

    September 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

  4. This is fantastic, well done. What a great resource you’ve created!

    Ed Walker

    September 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

  5. Phenomenal work Chris.I think there is going to be a lot of interest in this. Although I dont’t know whether we’ll get a Canadian type experience.

    Julian Tait

    September 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

  6. Nice, please include the trustees in the data :)

    cheers !

    Benoit

    September 7, 2010 at 10:23 am

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  8. This is a really great intiative.

    Just run a quick check on the opendata – the scraping script has missed about 13,000 charities.

    Also there is no income data for the largest charities – the charity commission collect more detail for charities with above £500k income, and the webpages have a different template. The largest registered charity is the British Council, which although it is a NDPB is also a registered charity with income of about £645million.

    Have you tried contacting the charity commission again? Once they’ve seen your alpha application they may be more amenable to releasing the data.

    If not, I know some people who know some people who are rumoured to get a monthly feed of register data from the charity commission who may be able to help you.

    I think that the main reason the Charity Commission are sensitive about who they share the full register with is because of the “please include the trustees in the data” kind of request above.

    These names and addresses would be a goldmine for all kinds of annoying direct marketers. Some of them are home addresses, so this is probably the personal data they are worried about. At the moment you can only get hold of this if you buy it from a commercial provider, and it is expensive enough to put most people off. (Although of course if they had the wits they could scrape them from the CC site like you have)

    Pete Bass

    September 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

    • Pete
      That’s really helpful. I’ve been told of at least one charity that the scraper missed, and that together with the 13,000 figure helps narrow down the problem. The income data is a known problem (mentioned in the blog post). I’m rewriting the scraper to take account for that and so it should be solved soon.

      Would be interested to find out who gets the data, simply from a transparency perspective. The issue with the trustees is an interesting one, and mirrors the debate re company directors personal details.

      Anyone who’s been a company director knows there details will be made public, and I think the same is probably true of charity trustees. It’s also (for me) problematic that this info is available to those who can afford it. I’ll definitely be pulling in some trustee information, but whether I pull in the address or just their name and ID don’t know yet.

      Similarly although I’m scraping the email addresses they’re not in the download or api data at the moment (and are obfuscated on the web page), mainly to avoid them being the target of spam. Whether this is the right decision is maybe a debate that should be had…

      countculture

      September 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

      • Ah yes, I missed the point that you had spotted the missing data.

        The NCVO has the register – I do freelance work for their research team. I wanted to check that they were happy disclosing it but see that Dave Kane has blogged about it so it must be fine:- http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/networking-discussions/blogs/116/10/02/02/whats-name

        He even found a non-direct marketing use for that trustee data – but I agree that this is a debate that needs to be had, just perhaps not now! Not sure what the wider reaction would be to publishing a free and easy to mail-merge list. I think if it were my decision I would not publish the addresses to avoid becoming bogged down in privacy issues/prompting any “Streetview’s got a picture of my house” type reactions. A lot of them are just the charity HQ in any case, so not all that useful.

        Anyway, Dave should be able to help you massively – he’s at a research conference at the moment, but I’m sure once he is back in the office either him or Karl Wilding will be get in touch with you.

        Pete Bass

        September 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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  11. Great work. You might know this already but the larger charities have to complete a more detailed Annual Return that includes a multiple choice question (number A13a) on what the charity does.

    On the Charity Commission website this is displayed as ‘Classification’ under ‘Charity framework’ (see for example Oxfam). This would be a great way to filter/order the charities on OpenCharities.

    Francis Bacon

    September 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

  12. The Third Sector Research Centre with the help of NCVO and GuideStar Uk (and indeed myself) have copies of the CC Register going back to the early 1990s. GuideStar UK received a copy of the CC Register on a weekly basis under an OPSI Licence agreement – and presented this data on their free to access website – which suggests that they have been provided public access data for a long time – it is just the format that needs refining.

    Les Hems

    September 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

    • Les
      Thanks for the info. Any chance I can have a copy of the CC Register you have? Were there any T&Cs when you were given it, or is it clean (i.e. Crown Copyright only)?
      Feel free to email: countculture at gmail dot come

      countculture

      September 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

  13. Hi Chris – Just a note to say that GuideStar UK use to be something I used regularly to find local charities. Might be some tie-in to your work?

    http://www.guidestar.org.uk/Default.aspx

    rayduff

    September 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    • Ray, I understand they licence the data from the Charity Commission and then sell the data to others, so not sure it’s a feasible route

      countculture

      September 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

  14. Just a quickie as I write an item for this week’s newsletter. You need to do something about your heading “A new project to open up the UK Charities Register” seeing as there is no such thing as a UK register! Are you perhaps thinking of tackling Scotland (and in due course N Ireland), which Guidestar UK has longed promised and never delivered?

    Interesting idea anyway

    John Howes

    September 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    • I’m aiming to pull in the Scottish ones eventually, but you’re right it’s perhaps a little confusing, and I’ve added a bit to the ‘about us’ page explaining that.

      countculture

      September 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

  15. [...] a comment » I had a fantastic response to the launch of OpenCharities – my little side project to open up the Charity Commission’s Register of Charities — from individuals, from organisations representing the third sector, and from charities [...]

  16. RE:

    We cannot allow full access to all the data, held on the register, as there are limitations on the use of data extracted from the Register. This is explained further in the Charity Commission Policy on Provision of Electronic Copies of Publicly Available Information, see direct link below.

    http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/About_us/About_charities/copyrightreg.aspx/

    Do you have a plan for building a relationship with the CC to get data and updates from them?

    David Pidsley

    October 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    • I’ve tweeted them a few times, but either they’re not interested in establishing a dialogue or don’t listen tweets sent to them. If someone’s got a contact for the chief exec (email, for example), I’ll drop here a line, but failing that will either just improve the scrapers, or perhaps try to contact the Commission’s ultimate boss, Francis Maude…

      countculture

      October 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  17. If you do get in another bind with javascript when scraping, consider using Selenium, which can automate a web browser. The latest Selenium is decently quick, if you really need the full browser experience.

    Luke

    November 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

  18. Interesting looking stuff. This is based on the Charity Commission of England & Wales. There is also the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) http://www.oscr.org.uk, and a register is in the pipeline for Northern Ireland. As a matter of interest, there is a register for the Isle of Man (http://digbig.com/5bcyas), a partial register for Guernsey (http://digbig.com/5bcyaq), and one in the pipeline for the Republic of Ireland and Jersey. Youi can currently download details of charities in the Republic of Ireland from Inland Revenue there.

    Finbar Cullen

    November 24, 2010 at 9:28 am

  19. Interesting project, though to be fair to the Charities Commission they are well ahead of Companies House in terms of publishing data and have been publishing financial returns online for years. Nothing wrong with making it more accessible, mind.
    Might just be an unlucky stab but I couldn’t find the first charity I looked for: Norwich School. It’s listed under “King Edward The Sixth Grammar School, Norwich” but the CC site finds it under both – presumably using the Charity framework > Other names field.
    Don’t know how common it is to have multiple names but would be handy to index both fields.

    James

    December 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    • We’re importing the other names fields, but not currently using it to search. It’s on the list of things to do, but there’s a few other things I want to add first

      countculture

      January 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    • Other names is a common issue when looking for charities, and even punctuation can cause problems. Some charities in England & Wales are registered in Scotland, but not with the Charity Commission.

      Finbar Cullen

      January 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

  20. Ever since I saw adverts in a national newspaper a couple of years ago for posts in two large charities with starting salaries around £250k per year ‘negotiable’ I have been very suspicious of just where large amounts of money go in all these organisations and exactly what the Charities Commission does. The fact that what should be publicly available via the CC is effectively not makes me even more suspicious so I welcome your efforts, please keep up your good work. I certainly will still not be giving to any charity unless & until I can see full transparency in where the monies go!

    Jim Hughes

    February 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

  21. This is just what I need, thank you so much! I was dreading having to do it.

    Andrew

    March 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  22. As a contact person for a tiny charity I am not happy about having my private home address listed online on your website without my approval. Perhaps you feel that your “good cause” justifies sacrificing my privacy. Or perhaps you will remove my personal details asap now that I have drawn your attention to this issue? :-)

    J.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    • The Charity Register is a public register, and it’s important that the information (which is already on the web elsewhere, including at the Charity Commission website) is accessible, reusable and open. You always have the option of not putting your private address listed on the register.

      countculture

      April 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

  23. Amazing work Chris. I have been trying to do research on the number of charities that don’t have websites and stumbbled across this.

    I’d like to discuss further with you.

    You have my email

    mark dodd

    May 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

  24. The Open Charities project is really something special! Providing such rich data about UK charities is great!

    I see from the Open Charities documentation that you can gain access to the JSON, XML and RDF versions of the data. I also see that the Open Charities website allows for searches. However, is it possible to do API searches to Open Charities?

    Thanks for the great site.

    Cheers!

    - Matthew

    Matthew

    August 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    • Not at the moment. The only reason is that it’s on a pretty small server, and the search is via the database (rather than solr, for example), so doing a search is quite expensive., and so opening it up to API searches would put too great a strain on the server, We’re looking at changing this, and when we do, we’ll enable api searches (which are technically very easy).

      countculture

      August 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      • Thanks for the speedy response. We definitely appreciate the information you’re providing, and would be interested in doing API searches when it becomes available. Do you have a newsletter or something which I could subscribe to for keeping up-to-date on this project?

        Thanks again!

        - Matthew

        Matthew

        August 26, 2011 at 5:46 am

      • One more question for ya. I just downloaded and viewed the CSV file of all of the charity information. Amazing! 113MB of charity data. Wow.

        I also found it on Google Fusion Tables here:

        http://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?dsrcid=267257

        One thing I noticed is that the CSV doesn’t contain the complete set of data for each charity as provided by Open Charities. Is there a plan to populate the CSV with all data available like that provided by the Open Charities API? For example, fields like the classifications and such.

        Also, how often does this CSV get updated?

        Cheers!

        - Matthew

        Matthew

        August 26, 2011 at 6:02 am

      • Quick answer: putting nested info in CSV (such as classifications and accounts) is difficult , which is why we don’t do it. The CSV file is generated every night. When we add significant new features we’ll definitely blog about it here, so if you subscribe to the blog that will let you know

        countculture

        August 26, 2011 at 6:28 am

      • Love the google fusion table – is that being updated with the latest data? Or is it an old snapshot? I’d really like to embed that view into a Harrow (NW London) charities page …

        Sam Joseph

        December 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

      • It’s a snapshot, but you could duplicate it using the data dump.
        Chris

        countculture

        December 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      • Chris, many thanks for your quick reply. I guess if I created my own fusion table it would fairly quickly go out of date – you’re pulling live data from the charities commission now (automatically?). Is there a feed others can access, or is my present best option for automated updates just pulling the data dump with some frequency?

        Sam Joseph

        December 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  25. Hi

    In NZ The Charities Commission has just released their Open Data project, I’ve been hired to promote it to researchers, policy analysts & web developers etc. Do you have examples case/studies of Open Charities being put to use?

    Promotion Manager -Open Data

    August 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    • Mostly it’s used by thousands of ordinary people who find (and visit) the website, but the data has been used by newspapers, by NCVO, by other websites, and was used by OpenCorporates to match to charities to the associated companies (see blog post). Because OpenCharities can easily be indexed by the search engines (which the Charity Register cannot), it’s also helped identify problems/errors in the main register (people search their name or charity name, and find there are errors in the official record).

      By the way, if some of those NZ charities are also companies, OpenCorporates would be interested in matching the charity information to those companies.

      countculture

      August 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

  26. I promote the use of Open Charities as a resource for charity fundraisers and prospect researchers – when I speak at events, in my blog on UK Fundraising, and in various email discussion groups for charity fundraisers and prospect researchers. It can help to identify charities where a trustee is invlved in various organisations. Although the Charity Commission should do this, coverage is erratic. It can be useful for spotting recently changed addresses, e.g where the Charity Commissionnow shows a PO Box number, and the slight delay updating info means that Open Charities still shows an old address. The ability to match to charities to the associated companies using OpenCorporates has great potential, particularly if Open Charities can be amended to show where charities are listed as making grants to organisations. Some might also like it to show where they make grants to individuals.

    Keep up the good work

    Finbar Cullen

    October 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

  27. I’m the customer data manager for a major insurer of Charities and we’re always looking for information that can help us better understand our customers (and prospective customers).

    I also have a personal interest in all things data and charity so if there’s anything I can do to contribute please let me know. I’m compiling a table of the social sites of the largest charities and am happy to share it with the group, just let me know where to send it.

    Simon

    October 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

  28. Hi,

    You have our charity – cambridge SOFA, listed on your website, just to let you know that we are now working under the name of Cambridge re-use. The website is cambirdgereuse.org.uk.

    Many thanks,
    Emily

    Emily England

    October 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

    • Emily
      We take the info from the Charity Commission & it’s still listed there as Cambridge S O F A. So even if we changed it manually, it would change back to the ‘official’ name on the next update.
      Chris

      countculture

      October 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

  29. I’m a trustee for a small charity that distributes about 10K a year – small time and in our own time. I am not paid for the work and claim nor receive any expenses. I now find myself publicly listed, giving my home address to anyone who chooses to search for my name.

    As I’m a teacher in my job – this is a problem – so thanks – you might think you have a god given right to make everything public to everyone but please stop and think before you do this.

    Why do the trustee details need to be public in this way – is it just a case of it’s there so let’s make it public.
    Fool.

    Annoyed

    December 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    • I completely agree with you. I am having the same problem, only in my case OpenlyLocal have published my home telephone number so I am getting pestered with unwanted calls. I am the contact name, but with the registered address of our charitable trust, so until OpenlyLocal published all contact was made in writing. I have looked everywhere but cannot find any way to get in touch with OpenlyLocal to get them to remove my telephone number.
      If you have any joy please let me know. By replying to you I’m hoping it might get picked up somewhere!

      Schuster Charitable Trust (J. Clarke)

      January 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      • The Charity Register is a public register, designed to bring transparency to charities, which are both sanctioned by the state and supported by it through the gift aid system. There is no requirement to use a home address, or personal telephone number. Feedback links are on every page of OpenCharities, and an email address for OpenlyLocal is on this page (http://openlylocal.com/info/about_us), which is linked to on every OpenlyLocal page.

        countculture

        January 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      • I notice countculture doesn’t enable a reply on their post.

        There is a need to use a home address as we do not have an office. we are a small charity that raise money and distribute it to the local community, likewise, we have to use a personal home address.

        The charity commission website already has this information, why do the general public need my telephone number.

        Eddie Halliday

        April 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

      • This information is an important part of the public record. In the UK, public registers have a special place in legislation that recognizes this.

        countculture

        May 3, 2013 at 2:37 am

  30. Good Morning Chris, I’ve tried tweeting you but guess you’re a really busy man these days and hope you don’t mind me making contact here. “I would like to email you directly, regarding the OpenCharities database but can’t locate a contact addy anywhere?” is what I tweeted you.

    I would like to know if you are aware at all, if that the OpenCharities database works with “Google Maps JavaScript API V3″ for HTML enabled browser on Mobile Devices?

    Any help or guidance you can help me with in this regard would be very much appreciated.

    I look forward to hopefully hearing from you in due course. (Email me if you’d like)

    P.S. We’re also making a website version and mobile web app versions available and hence I truly would like to speak with you.

    Regards,
    Robert Stones

    Robert Stones

    February 15, 2012 at 2:24 am

    • Robert
      The OpenCharities API is a simple JSON api that also supports JSON callbacks (aka JSONP). So really you’re just getting data from the OpenCharities URL via HTTP request, and then doing something with that data. This can either be done by the server, or, using javascript, by the client. In that case you’d use Ajax to make the request and then Javascript to interact with the map. You can email me on info at openlylocal dot com
      Hope this helps
      Chris

      countculture

      February 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

  31. Hi Chris,

    You Sir are a legend. I have been working on a project for just about 6 months now and one of the last pieces that needed to go into place was the registered charities. The thought of having to do it manually was painful beyond belief, and they I found the Valhalla that is the OpenCharities website.

    Great work.

    Osman

    Osman

    February 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

  32. Just had a look at the opencharities page for our charity, we have updated various names recently including the trustees. The names on your extract as “Trustees” are not correct although my details as main contact are ok. Charity is “Meopham School Association” 273504. I note we need to update the website link.

    chris holt – treasurer

    chris holt

    April 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

  33. I can’t seem to find whether this project enables searches by interest of the charity – only interested in grantmaking ones!

    Charlotte Langley

    July 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  34. What happens if you try screen scraping with the following link? If it’s a genuine charity number, the data will be formatted in a fairly structured manner, if not, the page will redirect to the main page. Just scan for all numbers, and you’ll get all the charities!

    http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/PrintReport.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=INSERT_CHARITY_NUMBER_HERE&ReportType=COLOUR

    Stony Grunow

    September 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    • We’re now getting the data direct from the Charity Commission

      countculture

      September 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      • Chris, if the Charity Commission are now cooperating, are you able to clarify your licensing arrangements (if any)? Have they conceded that OGL applies?

        I appreciate that OpenCharities have persevered with this and quite reasonably have a headstart, and that you have also made the OpenCharities version of the bulk data available as open data. However the ideal remains for the Charity Commission to release the bulk data more widely themselves.

        Owen Boswarva (@owenboswarva)

        September 24, 2012 at 3:34 am

      • They’ve said it is OGL but have said they won’t publish it openly.

        countculture

        September 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  35. The information on the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal is several years out of date. It would be useful to be able to update it.

    xmasappealig Norman

    January 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    • Done. You just need to click on the ‘Update From Charity Register’ button

      countculture

      January 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  36. Great resource thank you so much! Is it possible to filter search results by ICNPO or charity commission classification? Many thanks again, Sarah

    Sarah Darley

    February 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • Afraid not. Sorry.

      countculture

      May 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

  37. Just a quick question; are you still working on a database for Scottish Charities?

    Jason Elton

    March 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    • I’m afraid we can’t without some help from the Scottish Charity Commission

      countculture

      May 3, 2013 at 2:21 am

  38. I was interested in this as I’ve been asked by the other trustees to see if there’s any way to provide comparative data for other RSPCA branches (they’re mainly interested in safe levels of reserves). However it looks as though the original download for some reason mainly captured RSPCA branches which have merged and therefore been removed from the register.

    There are around 160 “live” RSPCA branches, plus the central society and only a handful have been picked up.

    Rosemary

    May 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

    • Ah – solved it myself. Searching for “RSPCA” produces mainly defunct branches and searching for “Royal Prevention Cruelty” finds nothing. However searching for “Royal society for the prevention” works a treat.

      Rosemary

      May 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

  39. Hi, I looked at ‘DODFORD NURSERY CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY FARM’, a local charity and noticed it said that the last accounts were for 2008. However if I click on the link to see the entry on the CC website, it shows accounts up to end of 2012 have been submitted. Any idea why?

    Mark

    September 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    • Just click on the ‘update from charity register’ button. It should get the latest data.

      countculture

      September 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  40. Hi, this sounds like its exactly what I was looking for but as I’m having trouble opening the file due to size, Is it possible to send me/ place a summary of the fields included to ensure that before I pass the file on to be opened that it contains what I’m looking for: (charity name and contact details, website, turnover).
    Thanks in advance

    Mark

    October 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  41. This copying of the information from the Charity Commission is all well and good but if it’s not kept up to date it can cause serious problems for the charities (and individuals within the charities) concerned. Letters, including solicitors’ letters regarding legacies, donations, etc can all end up going to the wrong address (this has happened to us recently). I know there is a button for the charity to request their information to be updated but if charities are not aware that this website exists in the first place then the information can be out of date by many years. Our contact address changed on the Charity Commission website in 2011 but until yesterday your website showed the previous address. I only came across this website a couple of days ago when doing a name search for our Charity. A website is only as good as the information on it and if that information is incorrect it is doing more damage than good!

    Sue

    February 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm


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